Rubens Barrichello says the updates introduced by his Williams team in Spain have not worked after being knocked out in Q1. He also said traffic during his runs had not helped his cause.
"Well, the fact is that the updates didn't work so our cars are completely the same and I just had traffic," Barrichello said of his qualifying performance after finishing in 18th position. "I didn't have a clear run in any of my outings so that's the reason, we're just out."
The Brazilian said his team had been forced to remove the updates from his car after they didn't prove beneficial.
"The updates didn't work. We had to drop it, but the fact is I couldn't get a clear run and I was thinking that we had a shot on Q3, to be honest with you. But, that's the problem – we have six cars that go so slow and if they don't get out of the way you catch them by three to four seconds a lap and that's too unfortunate. I'm just out."
Teammate Nico Hulkenberg enjoyed a better day, qualifying in 13th.